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HHS Delays Compliance Date for Revised Common Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 17, 2018, just two days before a final rule that revised the Common Rule was scheduled to take effect, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a six-month delay in the final...more

New SAMHSA Rule: Permissible Part 2 Substance Abuse Disclosures to Subcontractors

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a final rule to revise 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulations governing confidentiality of certain substance abuse patients'...more

No More Delays! New Disability Claims Rules to Take Effect April 2, Says DOL

On April 2, 2018, significant changes to ERISA’s disability claims procedures will take effect. These new rules will require all ERISA-covered plans which provide disability benefits to make significant modifications to the...more

April 1, 2018 Applicability Date for Final Regulations on Claims Procedures for Plans Providing Disability Benefits

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has just announced its decision that the final regulations on claims procedures for plans providing disability benefits will be applicable for claims filed after April 1, 2018. On November 24,...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. V, Issue 1

by Jones Day on

Top News - FDA Announces Intention to Not Enforce Certain FSMA Final Rules Provisions - On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a guidance announcing that it does not intend to enforce...more

US Banking Agencies Update Community Reinvestment Act Thresholds for Small and Intermediate Small Institutions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced technical amendments to the asset thresholds used to define...more

SAMHSA Finalizes Additional Changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Regulations

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) to further update the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations...more

No Fooling: U.S. Department of Labor Confirms That The Disability Claims Regulations Will Go Into Effect on April 1, 2018 Without...

In a recent news release, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed that its final rule amending the disability claims procedure requirements applicable to ERISA-covered...more

Final Rule Clarifies When Substance Abuse Programs Can Disclose Patient Information

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A final rule from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration establishes requirements for the exchange of patient information between substance abuse treatment programs and their agents and contractors. ...more

SAMHSA Further Revises the Part 2 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Confidentiality Requirements

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On January 3, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issues a final rule to implement modifications to the Confidentiality of Substance Use...more

Further modernizations to rules on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records on the way

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a Final Rule which results in changes to the federal regulations governing substance use disorder patient records, or so-called...more

Update on Status of Entrepreneurial Parole Program for Foreign Entrepreneurs

by Murtha Cullina on

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule establishing a parole program for international entrepreneurs seeking to improve the ability of certain startup founders to remain in the...more

CMS Publishes Final Rule to Cancel Medicare Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehab Incentive Payment Models, and to Cut Back Joint...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the first in a series of alerts from Seyfarth’s Health Law practice highlighting significant changes in health care regulations and policy as providers and other industry participants enter 2018. ...more

FERC Increases Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Final Rule amending its regulations governing the maximum civil monetary penalties assessable for violations of statutes, rules and orders within...more

DOL’s New Disability Plan Claims Regulations To Become Effective

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Department of Labor’s new regulations governing disability claims and appeals published on December 19, 2016 will go into effect on April 1, 2018, as announced by the DOL on January 5, 2018. ...more

Setting the Course for 2018 and Beyond: The Unified Carrier Registration Fee Final Rule

by Benesch on

On January 5, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) published a Final Rule setting the fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement (“UCR”). The January 5, 2018 Final Rule (the “Final...more

340B Drug Pricing Program Litigation Update

In November of last year, we wrote about a preliminary injunction being sought by hospital advocacy groups attempting to stop implementation of the Trump administration’s cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“340B...more

BOLI Publishes Final Manufacturing Overtime Rules and Sample Overtime Consent Form

The Bureau of Labor and Industries issued the final rules regarding the changes to the manufacturing overtime laws on December 27, 2017. The rules became effective on January 1, 2018. BOLI promulgated the new overtime rules...more

New Substance Use Disorder Confidentiality Final Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) published a Final Rule on January 3, 2018 making further changes to federal rules governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient...more

OSHA Announces Two-Week Extension for Electronic Submission of Form 300A

by Morgan Lewis on

Employers subject to recordkeeping regulations should immediately begin preparing electronic submissions to comply with the December 15 deadline....more

What's Next Now that Mandatory EPM and Cardiac Rehabilitation Payment Models Have Been Terminated?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS released its Final Rule canceling the Episode Payment Model (EPM) and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model (CR Incentive Payment Model). This was an expected result following August's proposed rule to cancel...more

CPSC Issues Final Rule Expanding Phthalate Ban

Nearly ten years after the first three phthalates were banned from children’s toys by Congress, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule on October 27 prohibiting five more. The rule bans the...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Publishes Final Rule Regarding Mandatory Contractual Stay Requirements for Qualified...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The OCC published a final rule requiring all covered qualified financial contracts of covered banks to contain a contractual stay-and-transfer provision. This provision is similar to the stay-and-transfer provision that is...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XL: Arizona Publishes Final Sick Leave Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: More than several months after the Arizona Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act went into effect, the state published its long-awaited paid sick time final rules. The final rules, among other things, explain...more

October and November Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

For the first time in my memory, the Congress passed a joint resolution to disapprove a final regulation of a federal agency—in this case the CFPB and the rule was related to arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer...more

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